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May 25, 2004

In Theory

In theory, I know how to change a flat tire, having watched it being done a couple of times.

In practice, I am in the parking lot of my gym, having just pulled up after a fellow driver pointed it out to me. I am asking the poor receptionist if she can help because I've never actually done it. She's a good sport and comes out to help me, even though it's totally not her job. Apparently she had to deal with a flat on her car not too long ago.

Wouldn't you know it - there's instructions on the wooden board that covers the spare tire in my trunk! Together we figure it out, but I don't want to get her in trouble by keeping her away from the desk. Fortunately, she finds another gym member who gallantly comes to my rescue. Guys can be so nice.

Mind you, I wasn't totally without resources. I would've called my insurance company for Roadside Assistance, but I thought it would be quicker if I could find a good Samaritan. And I found two!

For future reference: HOW TO CHANGE A FLAT TIRE

Yours, &c., LC | 10:58 AM | Slice o' Life | Comments (5)

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Did this happen this morning? Jeff and I were there last night. Trying to get back into it, but ice cream is so much better.

Posted by: skimkins at May 25, 2004 04:14 PM

"lefty-loosy, righty-tighty"...ingenious. There's just no comparable mnemo in German, unless "nach 'ganz fest' kommt 'ganz ab'" could be considered helpful? Probably just when there's a spare screw, too.

You're lucky for these nice helpers, not everyone does this.

Posted by: mademoiselle a. at May 26, 2004 06:35 AM

Typically, the phrase is "righty-tighty, lefty-loosey" but yes, a great mnemonic.

My sister had the misfortune of getting a flat in a hospital parking lot. No one would help her, because of liability concerns. No one would make any calls for her either. I suppose she had to have been injured for them to do anything about it.

Posted by: LadyCrumpet at May 26, 2004 07:53 AM

skimkins: Yep, like 7:15 am. Hadn't gone all weekend, and had ice cream three nights in a row last week. I was baaad.

Posted by: LadyCrumpet at May 26, 2004 08:16 AM

...afterthought. A good some hours later, in between Aby Warburg and Luther, I suddenly recalled what the saying reminded me about. "Itsy-bitsy teenie-weenie Honolulu beach bikini"...silly, silly, silly.

Posted by: mademoiselle a. at May 26, 2004 11:36 AM